This species closely resembles the Pink Azalea and grows from four to eight feet high. It is found only in swamps and low, wet places during June and July. The smaller flowers are deliciously fragrant, far more so than those of the Pink species. The plant is more hairy, and the tube of corolla is covered with very sticky, brownish red hairs. It does not become fully flowered until its foliage has well expanded. It is not quite so leafy as the above plant, but is perhaps more branchy. The long, oval leaf becomes wider toward the bluntly pointed tip and narrows to a very short stem. The upper surface is glossy and nearly smooth. The leaves grow in clusters. The beautiful flowers are pure white or occasionally faintly tinted with pink, and the long, yellow tipped, white stamens are very prominent. The calyx is very small and hardly noticeable. The Swamp Pink bears the same peculiar juicy pulps among its lovely flowers, known as May or Swamp Apples, referred to in the description of the Wild Honeysuckle. The White Azalea is found from Maine, Ohio, and Arkansas south to Florida and Texas. It is much more common near the coast.
SWAMP HONEYSUCKLE. WHITE AZALEA. Rhododendron viscosum.